The purse is set at $1 million, just as it has been for every year since 1997. I’ll Have Another will be taking around $600,000 of the purse for its win at Pimlico. Gutierrez and O’Neill have already earned $1.5 million out of the $2.2 million purse from their horse’s victory at the Kentucky Derby.
Here are the results from the 2012 Preakness:
|1||I'll Have Another||M. Gutierrez||9|
|3||Creative Cause ||J. Rosario||6|
|5||Teeth of the Dog||J. Bravo||2|
|8||Tiger Walk||R. Dominguez||1|
|9||Daddy Nose Best||J. Leparoux||8|
|10||Went the Day Well||J. Velazquez||5|
|11||Pretension|| J. Santiago ||3|
For the most part, it’s déjà vu from the Kentucky Derby; both Mario Gutierrez and Doug O’Neill are very rich men, while Bodemeister’s ownership were left seconds away from tasting green.
The horse got out in the top four to start at the Preakness, but hung behind Bodemeister and Creative Cause while they jockeyed for position. Once the horses rounded the final turn, I’ll Have Another made its move on the outside, with Guttierez rallying his horse to overtake Bodemeister. Then I’ll Have Another took the lead for good with only 20 yards to spare.
The prized horse and his jockey have made a habit of comeback victories in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Now, they’ll try find the magic in the longest track of the three legs at the Belmont Stakes.
While they’re sure to be excited about their new surplus in income, I’ll Have Another is only one victory at Belmont away from being the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
It will be I’ll Have Another’s toughest race yet, but the thoroughbred has shown the stamina and will to win the crown.
Then the prized horse will not only have won a ton of money, but join an illustrious list and the ranks of horse-racing immortality. Money talks, but only for so long.